Ho! Ho! Ho! Stringing our lights around the palm trees and Santa is getting ready to surf!
Christmas in Miami is about enjoying the sunshine and gorgeous breezy
And to get into the spirit, our regular events are back with plenty of lights, shiny ornaments and
holiday cheer... all socially distanced and with enhanced health measures to keep us all safe.
As in all public holidays, government offices, schools, post offices, banks and public libraries will close on Christmas Day. Many restaurants remain open and offer special celebratory meals, brunches, dinners, cocktails...
And this is the perfect time to head outdoors and enjoy the fresh air and gorgeous "winter" weather. Migrating birds and hybernating manatees have arrived, this is a good time for a visit to the Everglades, enjoy the beautiful wildlife or a thrilling airboat ride! Please note that some parks will be closed on Christmas Day.
Many events are being cancelled / postponed / rescheduled due to the current Coronavirus health precautions. Please check with event organizers for updates.
Miami-Dade county has issued an emergency order mandating facial coverings be worn in public at all times INDOORS and OUTDOORS and until further notice, with limited and specific exceptions.
The countywide curfew has been modified to be from midnight to 6:00 am.
Please adhere to the rules to prevent the spread of Covid-19. Here's the latest.
Here are this year's most popular Christmas and Holiday Season events and
celebrations in Miami:
Recurring Christmas Events Cancelled Due to Covid-19 for 2020
The following annual Christmas and Holiday events have been cancelled / postponed:
Santa's Enchanted Forest
Ft. Lauderdale Winterfest Boat Parade
NightGarden Magical Light Spectacular at Fairchild Tropical Botanic Gardens
Salute to Vienna New Year's Concert at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Christmas Festivals, Fairs, Tree Lightings...
Bayfront Holiday Village
The official kick off to the holiday season in downtown Miami takes place as Bayfront Park unveils its 50-foot tree
covered with glittering lights at the new Bayfront Marketplace popup: Bayfront Holiday Village.
The Village will be open throughout the holiday season and host great entertainment options: a collection of hand-picked shops where you can pick out that perfect gift, roller skating rink around the tree and fountain, top eating options, photo with Santa, scavenger hunts and even a Santa Paws Dog Park so you can bring your furry friend along to the festivities.
New this year is Family Movie Nights! Bayfront Holiday Village will host daily Christmas classic movies and family favorites from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. These movie nights are open to the public and are absolutely FREE to attend for all ages. Movie lineup include ELF, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Home Alone, etc.
When? December 10 - 25, 2020
Where? Bayfront Park 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33132
Where to Park?: There is limited, paid parking at Bayfront Park. You can also park at Bayside Marketplace nextdoor or take the Metrorail to the Government Center Station then transfer to the Metromover Inner Loop to Bayfront Park.
How Much? FREE!
The forecast calls for 100% chance of snow at DADELAND MALL this holiday season!
Snow in Miami? Only at Dadeland Mall! Enjoy Nightly Snowfalls in the Fashion Wing near Tesla. Snow Shows take place every night at 5PM and 7PM throughout the holiday season, set to the tune of holiday favorites. Don't miss it!
Shows last approximately 7 minutes. Health and safety measures will be in effect.
When? November 16, 2020 - January 3, 2021
Where? Dadeland Mall
How Much? FREE
A magical atmosphere awaits at CityPlace Doral as the entire place is decked with multi-colored LED lights... the palm trees lining the outdoor shops and the center's Christmas tree will welcome you as well as a striking and colorful water fountain show choreographed to everyday favorites and holiday classics.
The Opening Night Celebration on November 21st will feature live entertainment by Latin singer and DJ Dayana Falcon and will kick off at 8:00 pm.
The holiday lights and fountain shows will be on display until December 31, 2020.
When? November 21, 2020 - December 31, 2020 - 6:00 pm to 11:00 pm Holiday Fountain Show at the top of the hour.
Where? CityPlace Doral at 8300 NW 36th Street, Doral, FL 33166
How Much? FREE
The magic of "Vintage Florida" Historic Holiday Decor: Visitors can tour the historic houses at the Deering Estate as they come alive with holiday accents and decorations. As part of this year's Historic Holiday Decor, the magic of "Vintage Florida" comes to life with cherished holiday traditions that bring a feeling of warm nostalgia and a welcome respite from the modern world.
The Deering Estate has assembled a team of top designers that will once again transform the homes for the holiday season, led by its award-winning Designer-in-Residence, Alfredo Brito.
When? November 27, 2020 to January 8, 2021
How Much? Estate admission: Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7
Holiday Evening Strolls: Stroll the main grounds and the Historic Homes as they light up in the night. Enjoy the warmth of a campfire and showings of holiday films! Children can also bring their letters to Santa to drop off. Wrap up the night as Mrs. Claus arrives to read bedtime stories to the children from afar.
When? December 4 and 16, 2020 - 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
How Much? Adults $15, Children (4 - 14) $7
Where? The Deering Estate at 16701 SW 72nd Avenue, Miami, FL 33157
You can visit Santa and become a flight crew at Santa's Flight Academy. The 2020 program will be announced soon but what's different this year is that reservations are required for time and photos with Santa. There will be no Pet Photos this year.
When? November 27 through December 24 by appointment only
Where? Dolphin Mall
How Much? Several packages from $39.99
It's that magical time of the year as the park transforms into a fabulous array of shimmering trees and dazzling (animal-shaped of course) lights that
adorn every corner of this fantastic animal kingdom.
What else? Appearances by Santa, animal presentations, arts & crafts (limited spaces available), hot cocoa and cookies, Snowman's River Boat Rides ($3 per person)
When?: Select nights from November 27 - December 27, 2020 - 6:30 pm to 10:00 pm
Where?: Zoo Miami at 1 Zoo Boulevard, 12400 SW 152 Street, Miami, FL 33177
How Much?: $19.95 per adult and $17.95 per child age 3 - 12 plus tax (Members save $3)
Pinecrest Gardens transforms into a winter wonderland dotted by thousands of twinkling lights that go up, through and around the whimsical botanical landscape. This year they are adding a whole new section of sparkling holiday lights and amazing surprises in the Lower Gardens.
Eat yummy treats, have a signature Pinecrest Gardens cocktail and enjoy magical Story Time with Mrs. Claus. Stay tuned for Santa Claus special appearances on the Banyan Bowl stage!
On select evenings, admission includes a holiday concert performance in the historic Banyan Bowl.
When? November 27, 2020 - January 3, 2021 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Where? Pinecrest Gardens at 11000 Red Road, Pinecrest, Florida 33156
How Much? $7 in advance, $10 at the gate
Santa's Drive-Thru Village at Miramar Regional Park
A socially distanced drive-thru Christmas attraction where guests can visit Santa's North Pole home from the safety of their car. The drive-thru event will include a brilliant light show and feature Santa, Mrs. Claus, Angels, Polar Bears, Penguins and dozens of elves busy at work as they prepare for Christmas.
Santa Claus is still coming to town!!!
When? Select dates from December 3 - 23, 2020
Where? Miramar Regional Park at 16805 Miramar Parkway, Miramar
Every Thursday through Sunday, from 12:00 pm 'till late, enjoy live music, eats, cocktails, good times, at the 3rd annual Riverside Holiday Village along the historic Miami River! The Wharf is Miami's premiere open-air event space, located riverside on the historic Miami River.
Make your season bright with a series of special events featuring the yearly holiday bar with OVER 25 holiday-themed specialty cocktails, live entertainment on Saturdays & Sundays from 1-5 pm, thousands of holiday lights and oversized decorations.
When? December 3 - 27, 2020 Thursdays thru Sundays
Happy Hour & Toy Drive benefiting No More Tears! - Thursday and Friday December 17 - 18, 2020
Santa-Fest - Saturday, December 19, 2020
Jingle All Moet - Sunday, December 20, 2020
Christmas Celebration - Friday, December 25, 2020
Where? The Wharf Miami at 114 SW North River Drive, Miami, FL 33130
How Much? Free General Admission. Table Reservations for special events w/minimum consumption from $200 for 4 guests (plus gratuities, tax, fees)
With this 60-degree weather, what better way to warm up and get ready into the holiday spirit with family and friends than with
some Snow, Holiday Treats, Hot chocolate and much more while you can meet Santa Claus, Nix the Snowman and Sprinkle the Gingerbread Cookie
at a beautiful illuminated Forest.
Holiday treats, hay rides, paddleboat rides, Santa, pony rides, and many more activities for kids!
When?: Saturdays and Sundays December 12, 2020 to January 10, 2021 - Limited capacity, by reservations only
Where?: Pinto Farm at 14890 SW 216 Street, Miami, FL 33170
How Much?: $24.99, children under one free, includes paddle boat rides, tractor rides, pony rides, race track, walk through around the farm, magic shows, opportunity to meet Santa. Check for Groupon offers.
Holiday Drive-Thru Celebration at Shops at Merrick Park
Join Miami Kids Magazine & Shops at Merrick Park this holiday season with a Toy Drive Celebration! Cars will line up and drive through San Lorenzo Avenue to enjoy the Christmas tree lights, holiday music and entertainment, free giveaways from participating stores, a special appearance from Santa, and more!
To enter the drive-thru, use the entrance near the intersection of Le Jeune Road and San Lorenzo Avenue.
When? Saturday, December 12, 2020 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Where? Shops at Merrick Park at 358 San Lorenzo Avenue, Coral Gables FL 33146
How Much? FREE! Attendees are encouraged to bring unwrapped toys for children in care of Nicklaus Children's Hospital and receive a raffle ticket to enter for a chance to win prizes.
A Victorian Christmas and Holiday River Cruises at Historic Stranahan House
The holidays are a beautiful and special time at the Historic Stranahan House Museum. Enjoy costumed docents, live music and beautiful decor all with a Victorian theme.
Your evening will end with a boat ride to see the holiday lights on beautiful Fort Lauderdale homes along the New River.
When? December 16 - 23, 2020
Where? Historic Stranahan House Museum at 335 SE 6th Avenue, Ft. Lauderdale
How Much? $35 per person, advance registration required, limited tickets available for each day.
What?: Santa Claus visits the chimpanzees at Lion Country Safari's Chimp Islands, bearing wrapped gifts for the chimps. This is the only opportunity throughout the entire year that guests can get out of their vehicles (at the chimp islands) to watch the chimps receive presents!
Unlike previous years, the Chimp Observation Island will not be open to the general public and requires a confirmed premium experience reservation.
In compliance with social distancing guidelines, the annual Christmas with the Chimps event's space this year is limited. A portion of the proceeds from each reservation will go to support conservation efforts to help save chimps in the wild.
When?: Thursday, December 17, 2020 starting at 10:30 am (arrive by 10:00 am to check in)
Where?:Lion Country Safari How Much?: $175 per party for up to 4 guests. Each party will receive one (1) complimentary commemorative Christmas with the Chimps ornament painted by one of the chimpanzees at Lion Country Safari. Entrance into the drive-through safari is also included with this experience and guests are welcome to go through the safari more than once on the day of their visit.
The holiday tradition you love will become even more magical...
A vibrant and animated winter wonderland comes to life, featuring appearances by The Sugarplum Fairy, toy soldiers, and mischievous mice, all while retaining George Balanchine's iconic choreography and Tchaikovsky's timeless score.
Adrienne Arsht Center Reopening: Deborah Cox Holiday Show "I'll Be Home for Christmas"
Award-winning singer-songwriter and South Florida’s own Deborah Cox will be the first to take to the stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center since COVID-19 forced the facility to close. Cox will be performing her first-ever holiday show, especially created for the Arsht Center.
The Ziff Ballet Opera House will be at 10 percent capacity and instead of the usual theater-style seating, there will be private tables for families to sit together, 6 feet apart from other tables.
When? December 19, 2020
Where? Ziff Opera House at the Adrienne Arsht Center
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker - Christmas Stream
One of the world's most magical adaptations of Tchaikovsky's holiday classic, the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker pirouettes its way into your living room! Take this opportunity to spend quality time with loved ones and experience the smash-hit Holiday tradition in this ground-breaking debut.
See the full performance as captured on stage plus an up close look at the behind-the-scenes action. Take a trip backstage with the cameras for a look at how the magic is made. Hear it first-hand from world-class artists, designers, and the creators of this cherished production. Make this Christmas special; don't miss this celebration!
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass and Christmas Day Services
Bright poinsettias, twinkling lights, wonderful nativity scenes, children caroling and the fragrance of firs and incense filling the church, the Christmas Eve Midnight Mass has been a beautiful tradition for as long as I can remember. All our places of worship and the communities go out of their way to welcome and share in the spirit and purpose of the Christmas celebrations.
Here are some places you can attend Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve in Miami. All services are being LiveStreamed as well.
Saint Patrick Catholic Church - 3716 Garden Avenue, Miami Beach 33140
Phone (305) 531-1124
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Multi-Lingual
Christmas Day: English: 8:00 am, 9:30am, 11:00am
Spanish: 12:30pm, 7:00pm
More Info and LiveStream.
Church of the Little Flower 2711 Indian Mound Trail, Coral Gables 33134
Phone (305) 446-9950
Christmas Eve Cantata: 11:30 pm
Christmas Eve Midnight Mass: Bi-Lingual
Christmas Day: English: 9:00am, 10:30am, 5:30pm
More Info and LiveStream
Please be mindful of adhering to social distancing practices and wear your masks inside the church. Masks should only be removed immediately prior receiving communion and put back on before returning to your pew. During communion 6 ft of social distancing should be maintained as well as upon entering or leaving.
The Annual Living Nativity at Miami Shores Presbyterian Church
Let's herald the Christmas season with a live, open-air reenactment of the Christmas Story.
Featuring live camels, donkeys, goats and sheep, along with an innovative mix of digital and live-action characters, including Mary, Joseph,
Jesus, the prophets, angels, the Wise Men and more!
This spectacular depiction, complete with narration, digital projections and a choir, is fun for the entire family!
When? This year's Covid-Safe edition will make life-size cardboard cutouts of all Nativity characters to be placed around the manger in the lead up to Christmas
Where? Miami Shores Presbyterian Church, 602 NE 96th Street, Miami Shores, FL 33138
How Much? FREE and open to the public.